§ 38. Miss Richardson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the right of individual petition to the European 696W Commission on Human Rights, provided for under the European Convention on Human Rights, will lapse in January 1976; whethers it is the intention to renew the right of petition and, if so, for what period; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
Her Majesty's Government have decided to renew, for a period of five years from 14th January 1976, the United Kingdom's acceptance of the right of individual petition to the European Commission of Human Rights and of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. This is a longer period than in previous renewals and reflects the importance attached by the Government to the provisions of the Convention. In the meantime we are continuing with our study of the implications of enacting domestic legislation on human rights.